Civil Protection Orders
Anti-Harassment, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Vulnerable Adult, Extreme Risk, Joel's / Ricky's Law and Under 18 Anti-Harassment
Seeking a Protection Order?
If you are seeking a civil protection order our processes have changed. There is now one petition for all types of protection orders (domestic violence, anti-harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and vulnerable adult protection order). Petitions may be filed in Superior Court or District Court, except that a request for a vulnerable adult protection order must be filed in Superior Court.
You can obtain a protection order packet in Courtroom 202 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. You may also obtain a packet online at: Washington State Courts - Court Forms - RCW 7.105 Protection Order Forms (Efective July 1, 2022).
If you seek a protection order in District Court and any of the following conditions apply to you, your case will be transferred to Superior Court (you may still seek a temporary order in District Court):
- You and the respondent have children in common,
- You reside with the respondent and are asking that the respondent is removed from the home,
- Either the petitioner or respondent is under 18, or
- You have a case with the respondent in Superior Court.
For information on the transfer process, click here: Transfer Process
Once you have completed the paperwork you must bring the paperwork to Ex Parte in Courtroom 202. Ex Parte is open between the hours of 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon and 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM Monday/Wednesday/Friday or 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday/Thursday.
Protection Order Packets
New Washington Forms Online - Washington Law Help/DVPO Forms: https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/domestic-violence-forms-online.
Types of Protection Orders
If you did not have a relationship with this person (Example: neighbors, co-workers or friends) or you have a relationship that doesn't qualify for Domestic Violence AND the person is continuously harassing, annoying or is seriously alarming you.
Please contact District Court for filing if you did not have a relationship with this person.
If you have a relationship with the person you are seeking an order against. This includes: significant dating relationship, family, extended family or living with the other person.
There are threats, violence of any kind (includes: shoving, pushing, spitting on, or stopping you from moving about freely), stalking, or if you are in fear from the person.
If you don't have a Domestic Relationship and you are the victim of a nonconsensual sexual conduct. If you have a relationship request a Domestic Violence Packet.
If you don't have a Domestic relationship AND the person repeatedly follows or harasses you AND you are in fear that the stalker might injure you.
Cyber stalking is included in this statute.
If you have a Domestic Relationship request a Domestic Violence Packet or print.
Done by or on behalf of an adult who is 60 years old or older or found incapacitated by a court, or has a developmental disability, or is admitted to a facility, or receiving services at home. The person must have committed or threatened to commit an act of abandonment, sexual abuse, mental, physical abuse, exploitation or financial exploitation to the vulnerable person.
Other Types of Orders
Are requested by the State in criminal proceedings. The documents to file a Request for Rescission or Modification of No-Contact Order can be found here or in person at the Superior Courthouse.